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By Michael Miller | December 28, 2011
Huntington Beach's top newsmaker of 2011 wasn't a person or an organization, but rather a controlled substance. Throughout the year, the Independent's front page featured more drinks than a typical bachelor party. Statistics showed Huntington at the top of California cities its size in alcohol-related car accidents. State officials investigated a popular restaurant that had been tied to a large number of DUIs. Residents incited a hearing on whether downtown could have one more liquor-serving license.
By Mona Shadia, | April 25, 2011
Huntington Beach police are investigating an accident involving an officer who collided with another vehicle while driving a city-owned car in Alhambra. Officer Lisa Gallatin and Lynn Gilbert were turning left at the same time at two left-turn lanes when they bumped into each other, Lt. Russell Reinhart said. Gilbert filed a claim against the city April 20 asking for about $900 in damages. Gallatin is a background investigator who travels to many areas of Southern California for her work and uses a city vehicle, Reinhart said.
September 23, 2010
Westminster police Wednesday night were investigating whether speeding or horseplay were factors in a traffic accident that claimed the life of an 18-year-old high school student. Kody Kessler, a Westminster resident who attended Ocean View High School, was pronounced dead at the scene at Rancho Road near Spa Drive, police said. The accident occurred about 3 p.m. Wednesday. Kessler was a passenger in the Chevrolet pickup that smashed through a chain-link fence and plunged into a flood-control channel, said Officer Van Woodson of the Westminster Police Department.
By Britney Barnes, | September 7, 2010
A Huntington Beach City Councilman said Monday he will bring an ordinance that charges out-of-town drivers to pay for emergency services if they cause a car accident back to the dais. Councilman Don Hansen announced at a study session he wants council to reconsider the emergency response fees portion of the ordinance after he received "significant commentary and heartburn. " Councilman Joe Carchio said he seconded reconsidering the ordinance. The ordinance was originally approved 6-0-1 with Councilman Devin Dwyer absent Aug. 16. The ordinance sticks nonresidents with the bill for emergency services for car accidents, fires or vehicle extractions and is estimated to generate $100,000 in revenue, according to the staff report.
July 29, 2010
Officials responded to two traffic accidents on Pacific Coast Highway off Main Street last week that sent several people to the hospital, officials said. The Huntington Beach Police Department was called out to a multi-motorcycle accident Friday and, along with the Fire Department, responded Saturday to a two-vehicle accident where four people were trapped in a car. The Police Department was called to the scene after a woman fell off a motorcycle after the driver attempted to do a wheelie at 12:05 a.m. Friday at PCH and First Street, said Lt. Russell Reinhart.
By Michael Miller | June 16, 2010
Two weeks after author and activist Jim Purcey died in a parking garage fire at his Huntington Beach apartment complex, police said there was "nothing suspicious" about his death. Supervising Deputy Coroner Dan Aikin of the Orange County Sheriff's Department and Huntington Beach Police Lt. Russell Reinhart said the cause of the May 31 fire was still under investigation. Reinhart said detectives were awaiting the results of a toxicology report, which could take up to two months.
By Matt Szabo | April 28, 2010
While most of her friends are in class on a sunny but brisk Friday morning, Edison High School senior Natalie Buchoz heads to the gym. Project Walk, the spinal cord injury recovery center in Carlsbad, isn’t just another gym. But then again, Natalie isn’t just another teenager. She was first mentioned in these pages more than two years ago, after suffering partial paralysis in a skiing accident at Bear Mountain on Dec. 29, 2007. She fractured her fifth and sixth cervical vertebrae, and her initial prognosis was unclear.
By Michael Miller | March 25, 2010
In the days after an Orange County Sheriff’s Department deputy was killed in a Huntington Beach car accident, colleagues remembered him as a “stand-up guy” who brought a cheerful attitude to work and devoted himself to the department’s youth program. Terry Stepp, 44, of Wildomar died Saturday evening at UC Irvine Medical Center shortly after a one-car accident near Goldenwest Street and Pecan Avenue. His father-in-law, Huntington Beach resident David Kerr, was a passenger in the car and died at the scene.
February 8, 2010
A Huntington Beach motorcyclist died Sunday in a traffic collision with a car. Richard Ciancone, 58, was pronounced dead at the scene after his 1986 Harley Davidson collided head-on with a red 2007 Honda Element, according to a preliminary investigation by the Huntington Beach Police Department. Ciancone was driving west on Heil Avenue around 1:52 a.m. Sunday in the No. 1 lane toward Bradbury Lane when 19-year-old Nathan Bower of Huntington Beach was driving his Honda Element east on Heil, officials said.
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